Surely this cannot be a co-incidence? (Take a look at the screenshot)
We used a stock image from the icon set at Icon Drawer for the Doctype logo. I'd recommend checking out their Classic 512 set, they really are very impressive!
This is an interesting point (though perhaps Bill and his descending score don't agree). This isn't specifically about whether or not someone copied Doctype (though there are obviously issues if they did), but what I learned from this is that you shouldn't be afraid to use stock icons/images, as it's now apparent that even the top guys do. For me, as a creative web designer, I'm not yet sure where I draw the line incorporating other people's work into your own, but it's reassuring to know that others do, and I'm definitely warming to the idea if the end result is better for it. It's also interesting to see that, by coincidence, two lead companies have used the same icon, granted it's a good one, but perhaps we'll have to dig a little deeper if we want to keep our individuality. Thanks to Matthew for his openness.
It will most likely be a stock image from iStockphoto or somewhere similar that they've both decided to use.
Envato's designers use stock art in their work. ( As I do as well. ) I've contacted them before with a similar question on Freelance Switch's website -- the little people -- because I had also seen it on RetailMeNot ... which has since then changed.
Props to Matthew for sharing the name of the icon set. I've been knee deep in iStockphoto for awhile now. Looks like they bought a couple of the icon sets. As the "Get Help & Support" icon is also one from Icon Drawer.
This is very intresting. This isn't specifically about whether or not someone copied Doctype (though there are obviously issues if they did), but what I learned from this is that you shouldn't be afraid to use stock icons/images, as it's now apparent that even the top guys do.
Something about doctype was copied? Oh, my... The humanity! :) Kidding, but come on.
EDIT: Sorry for the "unhelpful" answer. My point was that doctype copied StackOverflow, and the slightly indignant feel to this question is pretty ironic, and i found it funny. Sorry.
Since it's probably more helpful to offer a serious opinion... then, clearly, the world (digital and otherwise) has become derivative. Stock images, vectors, video, templates, etc.
There are lots of good reasons to use stock, of course. But this question brings to mind some risks of using stock sources
- This very question - you run the risk of a primary design element (that lightbulb) looking cheaper. "It's everywhere." "They couldn't get their own lightbulb?" (I know there are counter-arguments.)
- You run the risk of inadvertent confusion. People might think Envato and doctype are somehow affiliated. That might be fine in this case, but you never know where your users spend their time.
The lightbulb is pretty snazzy and is more likely to be used by lots of stock customers.